Due to the recent abscess I am dealing with because of my Crohn's Disease, I am finding it necessary to take several warm baths a day to soak the area. I don't have one of those fancy sitz bath contraptions you put on your toilet, and don't really want to venture out to get one either. Besides, I always found them a little messy and hard to use anyway. It seems to be much easier for me to just run a bath and soak in the tub. While this would sound like an amazing opportunity to just relax and unwind in a sea of self care warmth, it's really not.
At first it wasn't so bad, however after having to lower myself down into the tub and sit on and lean up against the hard porcelain tub for 20 minutes at a time, then get myself back up and dry off several times a day, my body is screaming. Taking a regular shower can be exhausting for me and this is proving to be not only exhausting, but painful.
I can't just sit down in the tub. I have to kind of position myself on my hip, side, or lower back as to not directly sit right on the abscess. Yes, it's in a terrible spot! Twisting and leaning to one side is causing some much unwanted pain in my back, hips and legs. I can manage to sort of lay down, placing much of my weight on my lower back while leaning my upper back and shoulders on the side of the tub. This works, for about ten minutes. Then my shoulders and upper back start killing me. I've used towels to help cushion my body a little bit, but it's just not working. I hurt. How much longer do I have to do this??
I also have been extremely tired lately. My thought is that with all the body aches and fatigue I am experiencing that my Fibromyalgia has decided to flare as well as the Crohn's. Because why not just pile on to an already uncomfortable situation?
When I first started this whole regimen three weeks ago, I was using Epsom Salts in my bath. I was told by several others that it would help with the abscess and also help to ease my sore muscles. During on of my conversations with the surgeon's office I mentioned using the salts in my bath. I was immediately instructed to stop doing that. Apparently, for whatever reason, the surgeon does NOT recommend this course of action. He prefers just plain water with nothing added. I'm not going to lie, I still occasionally add a little of the salts to the baths. Not every time, but about ever fifth bath just to try and ease some of the aching. Do you ever feel like you just can't win?